NBC’s Peacock takes on Apple TV+ with Battlestar Galactica reboot nobody wants

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NBCUniversal decided to call its streaming-video service Peacock. And the jokes practically write themselves.
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NBCUniversal has given a somewhat questionable name to its upcoming streaming video service: Peacock.

It will face tough competition from Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV+, but will be able to offer classics like The Office and Parks and Recreation, as well as a second reboot of Battlestar Galactica.

NBCUniversal is set to challenge Apple TV+ and Netflix in 2020

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NBCUniversal will be the only place to stream The Office starting in 2021.
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Apple TV+ will be getting some fresh competition in the streaming wars courtesy of Comcast come April of next year.

Comcast revealed the launch date of its upcoming NBCUniversal streaming service during its latest earnings call. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke also said that the service is built on a platform similar to Sky’s Now TV in the UK.

AT&T’s rival for Apple TV+ might cost just $17 per month

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AT&T has a war chest of great content.
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AT&T’s upcoming video streaming service is taking different shape after the company reportedly abandoned plans to create a three-tiered service.

The service allegedly has a launch date slated for later this year and will compete directly with Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+ and others. Instead of selling HBO, Cinemax and the Warner Bros. TV and movie library separately, AT&T’s will package them altogether. And the price point could be the best feature.

Disney takes over Hulu as Apple TV+ competition builds

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Live sports could be Hulu’s biggest selling point.
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The Walt Disney Company now owns not one, but two TV streaming services.

After partnering with various media companies on Hulu for years, Disney has slowly been buying up its partners’ stake in the streaming service. Its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox gave it 60% ownership, but Disney just revealed that it struck a deal with Comcast that will give it complete ownership of Hulu.

Apple taps Steven Spielberg for original sci-fi show

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Apple is reportedly ready to whip up some new amazing stories with Steven Spielberg.
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Apple is set to make its biggest push into original content yet by inking a deal with one of the biggest directors in Hollywood history.

Steven Spielberg and Apple reportedly will create new episodes of Amazing Stories. The science fiction anthology series originally ran in the 1980s on NBC, but will be relaunched with all-new episodes.

Saturday Night Live inks deal to create funny ads for Apple

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Alec Baldwin has been killing it as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
Alec Baldwin has been killing it as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
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iPhone ads are about to get a lot funnier.

Apple is reportedly planning to inject some much-needed humor into a few of its upcoming commercials after striking a deal with NBC that will see the team behind Saturday Night Live write a few ads for the iPhone-maker.

Cupertino taps NBCUniversal to sell Apple News ads

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Apple News is about to get magazines too.
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Apple’s News app is getting some much-needed help at selling ads.

Instead of continuing to sell advertising on its own, Apple has reportedly inked an exclusive deal with NBCUniversal that will allow the company to sell ads for the News app.

General Electric nearly bought Apple in 1996

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The iPhone could've been made by GE.
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Apple Inc. and General Electric are two of the most iconic American companies of the last century, but back in 1996 they almost become one company as GE CEO Jack Welch considered buying the computer maker.

It would have only cost GE $2 billion and the current Apple CEO, Michael Spindler, was begging Welch to pull the trigger on the deal in order to save the struggling company.

Comcast denies talking with Apple about TV service

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Apple isn't talking with NBC's parent company about a TV service. Photo: NBCUniversal
Apple hasn't approached NBC's parent company about a TV service. Photo: NBCUniversal

It turns out Apple isn’t talking with NBCUniversal about partnering for its forthcoming TV service. At least not yet.

How do we know? Because Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, hasn’t been approached by Apple at all. But that doesn’t mean NBCUniversal’s content won’t be on Apple’s service when it launches.